Renovations Will Make Ware Campus Center More Spacious, Accessible and Comfortable
On Feb. 29, 2012, site work began to prepare for the expansion of the Ware Campus Center. What does this expansion mean for students? A much larger dining hall, for starters. [See webcam images below of the construction.]
The Ware Center project is an expansion of the existing building that can be done quickly and efficiently, placing it in the lead of the first phase of facility improvements. The project is taking place simultaneously with renovations in the lower levels of Burpee ande Abbey Halls, which will be made into residential spaces for students.
Designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, the new addition features a stone tower that echoes the cupola on Colgate, the silo on the library and the stone of the sugar house. A new side entrance on the dining level will make it easier to meet friends for meals that can be enjoyed on different levels in large and small dining spaces.
The renovations will allow the Ware Campus Center to accommodate the college's 1,276 students and also provide an elevator for the building. The project will also add bathroom facilities to the dining hall floor and add spaces that classes and student organizations can use.
Plans for a new 60,000 square foot fine and performing arts center are drawn up and fundraising is underway. Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students Dave Sauerwein says the $21 million center will be placed near the new Windy Hill School. "A portion of the money is in," he responded to concerns over the arts facility. "Some spaces are already named, but not enough yet to break ground. That will be a great project, too! And there's more than those two projects coming soon."
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Webcam on Ware
In an effort to update the Colby-Sawyer community on the progress of the Ware Campus Center expansion project, webcams have been installed in two locations overlooking the construction site.
The webcams take photographs every 15 seconds throughout the daylight hours and display them on Colby-Sawyer web pages. Construction photographs are also being combined in a time-lapsed video so that the community will be able to view this exciting project from beginning to end.
The time-lapsed video will also become part of the Cleveland Colby Colgate Archives so that future community will also be able to view the Ware Campus Center expansion project.